Mega Thrifting Book Haul Part Two: Middle Grade and Young Adult Books

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Recently, I went to two Goodwills, a local thrift store, and a book sale at my local library and found a lot of great books. If you want to check out the picture books I purchased, you can see my last Mega Haul post. In the next two posts, I’ll cover the books I purchased on the $5 bag day and my overall experience at my local library book sale. Today, I’ll be reviewing the early chapter, middle grade, young adult, and adult books that I found:

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

I mentioned in a previous post that I was trying to get more into poetry and I thought getting this book would be a great introduction since I love The Giving Tree.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

We read this in one of my college classes and I thought it was really unique. I think this would be a great book to partner read in class!

Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osbourne

  • #1—Dinosaurs Before Dark
  • #4—Pirates Past Noon
  • #11—Lions at Lunchtime
  • #14—Day of the Dragon King
  • #15—Viking Ships at Sunrise
  • #16—Hour of the Olympics
  • #18—Buffalo Before Breakfast
  • #33—Carnival at Candlelight
  • #37—Dragon of the Red Dawn

I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to rebuild my Magic Tree House collection. Luckily, one of the thrift stores I went to had a great selection! 

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Farmer Boy

My mom loved this series when she was younger, but I’ve never read it, so I bought a few of the books to give the series a try!

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

  • #7—The Vile Village
  • #8—The Hostile Hospital
  • #9—The Carnivorous Carnival
  • #11—The Grim Grotto
  • #12—The Penultimate Peril

I can’t believe that I just started trying to get all of the Series of Unfortunate Events books in the past few months and now all I need is #13! I can’t wait to read these books to get ready for the Netflix series. 

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

I read this book before and only thought it was okay. Since it’s such a popular book, I thought I’d try it again!

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

  • Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook
  • Junie B. Jones is (almost) a Flower Girl
  • Junie B., First Grader Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May)
  • Junie B. Jones’s First Boxed Set Ever (…and the Stinky Smelly Bus, …and a Little Monkey Business, …and her Big Fat Mouth, and …Some Sneaky Peaky Spying)

Even though I already have the first Junie B. Jones, I could pass up the book set! It was originally $20, but I only paid $2 for it at my library’s book sale (plus, the covers are shiny!). 

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I’ve always been interested in reading this book, even though I know the ending. I really liked the cover that I found, so I decided to pick it up and give it a try.

Stanley’s Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown

Until I started hauling books, I never realized how many Flat Stanley books there are!

Sincerely, Sophie by Courtney Shienmel

This book was a great middle grade book and a lot deeper than I expected. Check out my review here.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

At one field experience that I had, the whole grade read this book and had a huge party. It seemed like so much fun! Since I’ve heard great things about this book, I wanted to read this series for myself.

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stweart

  • 1. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • 2. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  • 3. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

I’ve heard that a lot of people enjoyed the first book in the series, but since I found three for really cheap, I decided to take them all!

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I just watched this movie and saw a unit on it in a field experience, so I really wanted to own a copy for myself!

Miss Popularity by Francesco Sedita

This is a book in Candy Apple books. I loved reading those books when I was younger, but I never read this one. Guess I’ll just have to reread them all 🙂 

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet

My sister did a unit plan on this book and her students loved it! She usually gives great recommendations, so I’m sure this book won’t disappoint.

The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I actually saw the third book in this series at Dollar Tree the other day. Now that I have the first one, I’m kicking myself for not picking it up! 

Smart about the Fifty States: A Class Report by Jon Buller and Susan Schade, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Joan Holub, True Kelley, and Dana Regan


What books have you thrifted recently? (Check out part three next week!)


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